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Messenger Approaches: Ed Schools Lock and Load

Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, teach.  And those who can’t teach, teach teaching.

As a professor myself, I don’t love that old saying, but it’s at least partly true.  There is, however, something that those who can’t teach do beside teach teaching:  they are pretty good at shooting messengers.

America’s education schools are organizing against a horrible threat: someone is planning to rat them out , excuse me, rate them on their performanceUS News and World Report plans to publish an annual rating of ed schools and this prospect makes the ed schools twitchy.  It should.

Teacher ed programs, with some sterling exceptions, are widely considered to be among the lamest, least useful departments in the academy.

Increasingly, American colleges just give all their students A’s.  One suspects that this would be only grading system that would satisfy the teacher ed programs, but C’s, D’s and F’s should be liberally applied.

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  • Arik

    In the medical world we tend to say it thusly:
    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, administrate.

  • Jason Bontrager

    The link to the article about education schools giving nothing but A’s appears to be broken.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      Will be fixed shortly. Sorry.

  • Jason Bontrager

    Well, from the main page it’s broken. In the article above the comments it works fine. Odd.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      Hmmm…. working.

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